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Stevie Wonder not happy with Lil Wayne's lyrics
By JONATHAN LANDRUM Jr., Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) -- Stevie Wonder is not happy with Lil Wayne's vulgar lyrics that reference Emmett Till, a black teen who was killed in 1955 for allegedly whistling at a white woman.

The R&B legend says the rapper's disturbing verse should not have made it beyond the recording studio for the world to hear.

"You can't equate that to Emmett Till," Wonder said. "You just cannot do that. ... I think you got to have someone around you that -- even if they are the same age or older -- is wiser to say, 'Yo, that's not happening. Don't do that.'"

Bing: Song pulled due to Emmett Till reference

Wonder, who says he is a fan and friend of Lil Wayne, made the comments when asked what he thought of Lil Wayne's controversial lyrics in an interview Thursday.

On a remix to Future's song "Karate Chop," Lil Wayne compared a rough sex act to the tortuous death of 14-year-old Till in Mississippi, an incident that ultimately helped change the national conversation on race. Following a crude reference to rough sex, Lil Wayne indicates that he wanted to do as much damage as had been done to Till.

Till's family has asked the rapper for an apology, and Epic Records, Future's label, said the official song will not feature the vulgar words and is employing "great efforts" to pull it down.

Wonder, 62, hopes the 30-year-old Grammy winner understands the perspective of the Till family and chooses his words wisely in the future.

"Sometimes people have to put themselves in the place of people who they are talking about," Wonder said. "Imagine if that happened to your mother, brother, daughter or your son. How would you feel? Have some discernment before we say certain things. That goes for me or any other (song)writer."

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Feb 15, 2013 10:12AM
Feb 15, 2013 10:09AM
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TELL ME, WHY IS RAP STILL AROUND?  I'LL TELL YOU WHY . . . THERE ARE NO MORE IDEAS ANYMORE.  AFTER THE 60'S AND THE 70'S AND THE EARLY 80'S BLEW AWAY, EVERYTHING ELSE FROM THAT POINT ON WAS ALL REHASHED AND REDONE OVER AND OVER AGAIN.  BLACKS COULDN'T COME UP WITH ANYTHING BETTER THAN RAP SO THEY HELD ON TO IT LIKE A BIG DOG.  BLACK MUSIC SHOULD HAVE JUST GONE BACK TO THE DAYS WHEN FUNK, DISCO AND SOUL WAS IN THE AIR AND EVERYONE HAD THE RHYTHEMS AND FEEL IN THEIR BONES.  I JUST CAN'T FORCE MYSELF TO DANCE TO CRAP -- OOPS!  RAP. . . STILL PRAYING THAT PEOPLE WHO ARE SO AMAZED BY IT WISE UP.
Feb 15, 2013 10:08AM
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Lil Wayne can't carry Stevie's musical "jock strap" ...
Feb 15, 2013 10:06AM
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Thank You Stevie for Standing Up for The People.
Feb 15, 2013 10:06AM
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Stevie Wonder is ONE CLASS ACT!!! Too bad the current generation of "musicians" don't have his sensibility. Stevie is the Man!
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